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Ski and Snowboard

Total investment 2015-16: $1,897,078 (high performance: $767,600; high performance – para $934,478; participation $155,000; other $40,000)

ASC funding as a percentage of total income: 33% 

Ski and Snowboard Australia (SSA) is rated as on track in both its Olympic and Paralympic programs.

The Olympic category athletes exceeded their performance targets by winning four medals, including two golds, at the 2015 world championships. These results indicate that the program is on track towards its 2018 Olympic Winter Games targets. However, several key athletes suffered significant injuries or illness in 2015, which highlighted the vulnerability of the Australia’s Winning Edge plans in these high-risk disciplines.

The para winter sport program achieved its medal targets at the 2015 world championships, winning six medals, including three gold. Melissa Perrine and her guide Andrew Bor won five of the six medals. In 2015 the para program moved from its long-term management under the Australian Paralympic Committee to management by SSA. This has had several positive impacts, not least of which is being able to draw on SSA’s many years of industry experience in managing high performance snow sport programs. The para program is also being incorporated into SSA’s athlete pathway system.

The NSW Institute of Sport’s acrobatic facility at Thredbo is now fully operational and of significant benefit to the daily training environments of a number of the freestyle snow sport programs. The ‘Spin to Win’ talent transfer project has yielded arguably the best and most consistent range of entry level talent of any freestyle talent identification project. Funding for this project is uncertain beyond 2016.


Ski and Snowboard Australia is progressing with its governance reform and has been working to make the necessary changes in line with the MSGP. The sport has improved in several areas: completing a board skills matrix which is reviewed annually, developing a three-year rolling strategic plan, and a fully costed operating budget. Ski and Snowboard Australia should address maximum terms for directors and undertake an external board evaluation process. The sport has identified the need to engage an independent external CPA or CA to their audit and risk committee.

2015 benchmark event // world championships

Medal target: 1-3

Actual: gold 2 silver 1 bronze 1 total 4

2015 benchmark event // world championships

Medal target: 1-6

Actual: gold 3 silver 2 bronze 1 total 6

Performance target

2016 benchmark event // various world cup events

Medal target: 1-3

2016 Paralympic benchmark event // various world cup events

Medal target: 1-3


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